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North Carolina: A natural beauty
27-05-2015
North Carolina is the home of powered flight and the place where notorious pirate Blackbeard met his end, yet this wallflower state, in America’s southeast, is unfairly overlooked in favour of its southern sister. Explore its coastline and you’ll be rewarded with a rich mix of history and nature.Four numbered markers in the ground at Kill Devil Hills, Kitty Hawk, plot the world’s first runway, at what is now the Wright Brothers National Memorial. Nearby, a group of statues recreates the cl
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Portman Releases New Website
19-05-2015
Portman, one of the UK’s leading travel management companies, has today launched its new website www.portmantravel.com, which complements Portman’s brand values and reputation for market-leading technology and product innovation. Visitors to the new site will find the new contemporary design easy to navigate and rich in quality of content, providing an enjoyable and knowledgeable user experience. The fresh new look reflects the company’s focus on the quality of both its team and servi
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Portman business wins fuel new recruitment drive
08-05-2015
Following a strong first 4 months of the year, with new business wins up by 76% compared to the same period last year, Portman has announced today that it is looking to recruit 12 business travel consultants. There are positions available across the Portman UK network, including in the Aberdeen, East Kilbride, London City and London Chertsey offices.This announcement comes hot on the heels of the creation of eight new positions in the Portman Academy in Ireland following the successful graduatio
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Portman Achieves the Gold Medal for Sustainable Practices
22-03-2015
Portman is delighted to announce that the company has received the Supplier Gold Medal accreditation by the GBTA Project ICARUS Global Advisory Board. This highly prestigious endorsement is in recognition of Portman's industry leading 'Responsibly Portman' sustainability initiatives.Portman becomes the first independent travel management company in the UK to receive this accolade.  Steve Allen, Portman CEO commented that he was extremely proud that Portman has been awarded the Project ICARU
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Portman Travel Boosts Tralee Employment with the Creation of Sixteen new Jobs
22-03-2015
PORTMAN Travel have created eight permanent new jobs at their European Centre of Excellence and today announced that another eight are planned to come on stream before the end of the year.Portman Travel is an award winning and innovative Travel Management Company that has been operating in Tralee from Monavalley Business Park since 1999 and employs over 50 staff.The Portman Academy was created and designed in conjunction with JobsBridge to harness and develop fresh new talent for careers in busi
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The art of travel: art holidays in the South of France
22-03-2015
Many holiday brochures boast "stunning scenery" but few destinations have attracted as many aesthetic devotees as the South of France. Many artistic greats have had homes in the area: Picasso, Matisse, Leger, Bonnard, Chagall, le Corbusier, Van Gogh and that's just for starters.Other parts of the Mediterranean also play host to sprawling vineyards, sandy beaches, cliffs, quaint villages and fabulous food but there is an almost indescribable quality of light in the South of France which has attra
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Paradise on Earth: Darwin's Galapagos
22-03-2015
"Once in a lifetime" may be over-used but it is not an exaggerated description for a holiday in the Galápagos. These are the South Seas paradise islands where Charles Darwin, on board the Beagle, observed the amazing wildlife that inspired On The Origin of Species.Some of the animals and birds that Darwin saw - and visitors can still see - on these volcanic islands cannot be seen anywhere else on earth. This is the most famous place for wildlife watching on the planet and its reputation is just
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Low-cost goes full circle
22-03-2015
Low-cost flights between the UK and the US have been a long-held dream. It is 37 years since Freddie Laker kicked off a whole new sector of the aviation industry with his £59 one-way flights between London and New York.A few years back Ryanair claimed it was looking at doing something similar but the much-debated plans never came to anything.The most recent airline hoping to crack the cheap London-New York market is somewhat surprising and - it comes from Norway.In July, Norwegian Air Shuttle l
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Hotel Programmes: Why Bother?
22-03-2015
The answer is that a hotel programme, a curated list of preferred hotels which offer large corporate discounts in exchange for a promise of business, is not for everyone. A small company may feel that the resource required to establish a programme is disproportionate to the savings that a programme could generate for example. It might also be that travel patterns are so irregular that having preferred hotels in particular cities is of little use.Yet a growing number of companies are recognising
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Managing traveller risk for new destinations
22-03-2015
One of the many unintended consequences of the 2008 worldwide financial crisis has been British companies' seeking new markets. Many of these are countries which most of us have little knowledge or experience of. Many of these trips are exploratory so companies will not be doing the volume of travel which would yield enough solid knowledge upon which to build policies.It's not only British businesses which are travelling to new places. The world has become a rapidly changing place in which the r
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